Exploring the Solar System: Hide and Seek Moon

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"Exploring the Solar System: Hide and Seek Moon" is an engaging way for early childhood learners to experiment with some of the tools scientists use to study objects that are very, very far away, and to learn about how cultures around the world have viewed the Moon. Easy-to-use binoculars and a hidden object Moon poster let young participants discover how some tools can make distant objects appear closer and brighter, and the Moon Rope storybook shares a story of one of the ways people have made meaning out of the shapes they see on the Moon.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Moon poster with icons (3 ft x 3 ft)
  • Poster-hanging adhesive strips
  • Binocular invitation sheet
  • 2–3 pairs of child-friendly binoculars
  • Moon worksheet (for each participant)
  • Markers
  • Moon Rope storybook by Lois Ehlert, translated by Amy Prince


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
    • Earth Structure
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
      • The Planets
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
    • Energy


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • National Informal STEM Education Network

Source Collection

  • NISE Network


Funding Source:

  • NASA, NNX16AC67A